Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
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  1. It is practically the same thing, just louder, bigger and better.
  2. What I personally would've liked to have seen from DICE is even more creativity in terms of map design, game modes and player classes.
  3. Riddled with annoying little bugs (such as the worst collision detection, ever), it provides an above average FPS war experience, but never echoes the ‘wow’ factor of the original.
  4. Water effects are much prettier and the added bump-mapping makes the massive tanks very impressive. It’s not much, but it’s nice to see that the graphics have evolved.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    Battlefield Vietnam lets you use everything you've got, from your shooting skills to your strategy acumen. It's very engaging and easily one of the best Vietnam war games ever created.
  6. DICE has done enough to justify the status of sequel rather than expansion pack. It looks great, sounds funky and plays superbly. [PC Zone]
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    "Unreal Tournament 2004" might be the superior product, but Battlefield Vietnam is the better game. [June 2004, p.73]
  8. The only real bummer in the new stuff? The M-60 machine gun, which is so powerful and easy to use that it lets even blundering newbies rack up ridiculously high frag counts. It needs tuning down.
  9. It really does a fantastic job at letting you in on the Vietnam era, and I’m sure that after a few patches it will be even better.
  10. Edge Magazine
    Vietnam is not about skill or proving your worth. It's about taking part in recreations of famous battles, crawling on your belly, loving every minute. And when it works, nothing can touch it. [Apr 2004, p.103]
  11. The new setting is wonderful for the type of game that Battlefield is, a freeform romp through the area with vehicles and different kits to wage war upon.
  12. BFV's lack of originality can't be excused - not only isn't it all that much different from the original, it isn't even clearly better than the Desert Combat mod.
  13. 80
    A Teen-rated, sanitized version of one of America's defining moments. And perhaps this substance is what's lacking, because while Battlefield Vietnam is a capable game, it doesn't have quite have the impact that its predecessor.
  14. Game Informer
    An incredibly good time if you can find an amicable crew of fellow soldiers. [May 2004, p.106]
  15. The gameplay that was amazing a year and a half ago is not as shockingly new, leading to a battle that many of you will feel you’ve already fought. Still, the seamless inclusion of land, sea and air combat coupled with the intensity of jungle warfare wins it a medal of honor.
  16. 85
    There's no doubt that Battlefield Vietnam is more like an expansion pack than a sequel, and it's not significantly different from the original nor is it a vast improvement on the Desert Combat mod. Fortunately, there are more vehicles and on a lot of maps the points are close together, making the action faster.
  17. 100
    The superior force in online warfare and a real candidate for PC Game of the Year. If you’re fed up with Flak Cannons and Rail Guns, enlist with this platoon. Posthaste, soldier!
  18. Battlefield Vietnam's added depth, new content, and improved visuals and audio should make it practically a must-have for any fan of this sub-genre.
  19. Vietnam has all the great play elements 1942 had, and the addition of more varied aircraft such as attack choppers coupled with more technologically advanced weapons provide enough spice to make the games distinct.
  20. Like its older brothers, BF Vietnam, though based on real battles and real places, doesn’t focus so much on the gritty realism as on the “excitement factor” of war.
  21. Battlefield Vietnam loses out for just one reason, and that reason is that it never feels like a genuine sequel. The quantum leap isn't quantum; evolution has not created a new phenotype. It's simply not different enough or inventive enough. [PC Gamer UK]
  22. With the inclusion of a fully accessible level editing utility included with the game, as well as the capacity to accept third party modifications, Battlefield Vietnam is probably going to make as big an impact as "Battlefield 1942" did.
  23. Packs more dramatic moments in its gameplay than most any multiplayer-focused action game in the past few years.
  24. The single player aspect of the game is even more barebones then the previous title. Gone is the campaign and in is "instant action" which as you may have guessed allows you to select a map and then play with a number of bots.
  25. 85
    When it's all said and done Vietnam doesn't wow us the way that "1942" did in its day, but it's a step forward graphically, a leap ahead in the sound department, and just as much fun as the original.
  26. What really makes this game such a blast to play is the developers' understanding the importance of vehicles and aircraft in the Vietnam War.
  27. All the new weapons, aircraft, and landside vehicles fit the time period and are well equipped for battle. The addition of helicopters really expands on the tactics and the way battles are fought.
  28. All the hardware that makes modern warfare hell is here, and from the moment you see the enemy hightail it at th efirst sound of your F-4 Phantom's engines, you'll know why every FPS - be it set in the future or that fabled galaxy far, far away - is out to imitate the Battlefield formula. [May 2004, p.89]
  29. 82
    Does it bring the same overwhelming feeling of joy and freedom that the innovation of Battlefield 1942 brought to us? No...[but i]f you're a fan of 1942, you'll have fun in Vietnam.
  30. BF:V has a ton of AI routines to run all at the same time, and it sucks every last resource from your system. Online play, however, will probably run quite well in comparison.
  31. What sets Battlefield apart is that you can pilot choppers and tanks to a cool ’60s soundtrack. And you can even cue up “Ride of the Valkyries” for that air cavalry attack. Sure smells like victory to us.
  32. I think it needs a little more oomph on more scenarios and the detail in the graphics. Also, conquering control points over and over gets too repetitive after long play.
  33. Though the glaring omission of the single player campaign is inexcusable, the multiplayer component most definitely makes up for some of it.
  34. An enormously rewarding and complicated game Battlefield Vietnam is then, and unquestionably an improvement upon its predecessor. At the same time, it’s so remarkably similar to BF 1942 it’s almost not worth buying if you’re an existing fan.
  35. PC Gamer
    Just an utterly fantastic multiplayer shooter, and while it doesn't replace "Battlefield 1942," it's a perfect complement. [June 2004, p.64]
  36. A must buy if you’re a fan of the series. It will be appreciated more by players old enough to remember the Vietnam Conflict and the 60’s, or gamers who have studied it and can groove to the vibes.
  37. Playboy
    The only missing element is a massive hippie protest back home. [Mar 2004, p.39]
  38. Lush environments help to feed the games realism value along with detailed and nicely animated character models.
  39. 85
    The soundtrack, one of the best aspects of the game, effectively immerses you in the era, while the visuals make you really, really thankful you were not in Vietnam.
  40. The only truly outstanding aspect of the game is the scope and ambition of the game, which it pulls off just as competently as it's predecessor. It's close resemblance to the original works both for it and against it.
  41. As if intentionally trying to be the best it could be, Battlefield: Vietnam has possibly the greatest musical score known to game-kind.
  42. There’s a certain, “been there, done that, bought the t-shirt” feel to the game and what’s going to determine the long-term success of the game how much the mod community endorses the game.
  43. 78
    Has a great fun factor that allows for hours of online battles with your friends and enemies –despite the lack of true Vietnam grit.
  44. Where Vietnam easily makes the most improvement, however, is in its visuals. Boasting a much more powerful rendering engine, the environments of Vietnam come alive.
  45. 80
    Although the game pays lip service to the famous -- and feared -- tunnels of the VC, there are no claustrophobic underground chambers and passageways. Perhaps engine limitations are the reason, but it's certainly a missed opportunity.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 138
  2. Negative: 18 out of 138
  1. Benjamin
    Jun 30, 2005
    Excellent game. Different than 1942 but still amazing.
  2. RichardL.
    Apr 9, 2005
    Horrible game. The jungle scenery loses the appeal of the wide-open spaces present in Bf1942. Bug-tastic and unpopular online. Definitely Horrible game. The jungle scenery loses the appeal of the wide-open spaces present in Bf1942. Bug-tastic and unpopular online. Definitely wait until BF2 is out. Full Review »
  3. Henrik
    Mar 20, 2004
    Worthless piece of lagging sh.t.